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Monday's Man

  • Weise is public library's best friend

    Comedian Groucho Marx is attributed as saying “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”

    Jim Weise is outside of a dog in a big way.

    Weise was among those who helped re-establish Friends of the Hardin County Public Library last May, and he became president of the organization.

    “We started out with a book sale and had a second book sale,” Weise said.

    After the second book sale, membership grew from around 25 to about 67, he said.

  • David Berry: Cleaning up after the police

    While the Elizabethtown Police Department is cleaning up the streets, David Berry takes pride in keeping their building in tip-top shape.

    Berry, 69, started working with the city in November of 1992 and for the past decade has been the custodian for EPD after the construction of its current station.

    “This is probably the best job I’ve ever had,” he said. “I wouldn’t leave it for anything.”

    Part of the reason he loves his job are the people he works with. He said they are the “top of the line.”

  • Elvin Smith Jr.: Leaving his own mark by recording local history

    An unplanned teachng assignment may have temporarily detoured him from the path of history and photography, but Elvin Smith Jr. found his way back soon enough.

    A 1960 graduate of Rineyville High School, Smith attended Western Kentucky University where he majored in elementary education with a minor in physical education. He graduated in 1965 and earned a master’s degree in 1967.

    Smith began his 30-year career as a teacher at Maceo Elementary School in Daviess County.

    “I was supposed to teach science and history,” Smith said.

  • Humble beginnings lead to a prosperous life

    Steve Wright grew up in the west end of Louisville in a row of small shotgun-style houses. He now is the owner of Wright Legacy Group, an investment advisory firm with national reach.

    Growing up, he didn’t realize he was poor because all his friends were poor, too, Wright said.

    He’s worked since the eighth grade. He began with a newspaper route and mowing yards and was employed at a local hardware store, eventually putting himself through college.

  • The Art of Performance: Lessons learned from Clydesdales

    This is the season of the year more people pay attention to the horse world. The Triple Crown of horse racing has just been completed and lots of people paid attention.

    However, the focus of this article is about another type of spectacular horse. Recently, I had the opportunity to be up close and personal with the Anheuser-Busch Budweiser Clydesdales at Grants Farm in St. Louis. Grants Farm is part of the Busch estate and has housed their Clydesdales since 1954.

  • Volunteer's gaming interest part of service to Hosparus

    In a back room at Hos­parus Thrift Shoppe in Elizabethtown, Robert Kiper quietly goes about his business, plugging in a portable stereo system and pressing buttons.

    Except for the cassette tape deck, the system gets a thumbs down. An electronic sewing machine he checks afterward gets a thumbs up.

    Checking electric devices and equipment is part of what Kiper does as a volunteer at Hosparus Thrift Shoppe, where the 24-year-old has donated time and effort for six-and-a-half years.

  • For Your Health: Focus on Men’s Health Week

    By Donny Gill

    Men’s Health Week is from June 9th to Father’s Day. We all value the men in our lives, whether they are our fathers, uncles, friends or coworkers. So let us be mindful and focus on their health this week and the 51 other weeks of the year. The following is a general guide for men to follow for tests and screenings.

  • Jerry Foley doesn’t stray from his purpose

    It wouldn’t be a stretch to say Jerry Foley’s life has gone to the dogs. And cats, too.

    Foley, 52, has been the Hardin County animal control supervisor since 1987. He retired briefly but soon returned to the job.

    He said he fell into the job because of his love of dogs, even taking a cut in pay from his previous job.

    “My dog’s never let me down. My dog’s always happy to see me. My dog’s never hurt my feelings,” he said. “So I guess I am a dog person.”

  • Hardin County native embraces New York City life

    As a senior publicist at a major New York City publishing house who works with celebrities such as Sheryl Crow and Jackie Collins, Loren Jaggers is a long way from the Hardin County dairy farm where he was raised.

    Jaggers grew up in Glendale, where his father was a dairy farmer. He remembers feeding cattle before going to school.

    But he had other interests that led him to his current career.

    “I was kind of a bookish kid anyway,” he said.

  • The building blocks of Tree Akers

    John “Tree” Akers spends his ministry building faith and his pastime building with Legos.

    The 42-year-old has been the student minister at Northside Baptist Church for seven years. Overall, he said he’s been in some form of ministry for two decades.

    He grew up in Elizabethtown and worked out of state for a few years but loves being back home, he said.

    Growing up at Severns Valley Baptist Church, he was a teen who was quiet and the in-crowd wasn’t his thing.